We spent 8.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Durable mesh with an open construction provides breathable coverage.
  • The NAV BAND is an elastic unit in the mid-foot that supports the arch and provides a secure fit.
  • The anatomic last provides the runner with a glove-like fit that’s easy to acclimate into.
  • Runners welcomed the BioMoGo DNA technology, which delivered customized underfoot cushioning.
  • The big toe area of the sole unit has been split to accommodate a more efficient toe-off.
  • Durable rubber covers the contact points of the outsole, shielding them from wear and tear.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners noted that it was a bit narrower than the previous model.
  • The traditional tongue design has been employed here, and it rubbed against the skin uncomfortably for others.

Bottom line

The Brooks PureCadence 4 is a lightweight running shoe that’s meant to deliver a form-fitting coverage to the runner. It’s also flexible, so the natural running performance of the wearer is afforded freedom. Neutral runners and those who need mild mid-foot support are going to appreciate it.



A top rated Road running shoe
Better rated than the previous version Brooks PureCadence 5

Expert Reviews

91 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 84 / 100 | Solereview | Level 5 expert

    The tongue moves around a lot, which also needs some breaking in.

  • 55 / 100 | Doctors of Running | | Level 5 expert

    My only complaint is that the laces are a bit short. Other than that I have to give Brooks major props to the updates to the Purecadence 4's upper.

  • 96 / 100 | Running Haven | | Level 1 expert

    Great for heel strikers, forefoot-foot landers, and everyone in between, Brooks nails it with this update!

  • 90 / 100 | Run And Become | | Level 1 expert

    With the Cadence 4 the transition was very easy and quick and they suited my feet completely from the beginning.

  • 75 / 100 | The Runner Dad | | Level 1 expert

    They do not seem to provide the same tight grip on the treadmill surface that my heavier training shoes do, but they still provide a very smooth ride.

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  • The 4th version of the Brooks PureCadence is created to keep the foot running freely while also balancing it and preventing it from succumbing to discomfort and disarray. A form-fitting cover system makes sure to keep it protected at all times. The mid-foot area has an elastic band that supports the curve of the arch. The runner gets a connected feeling that feels as if they’re one with the shoe.
  • The upper unit of this running shoe makes use of a mesh material that’s durable and secure. It is able to accommodate airflow, keeping the interior cool and dry at all times, which is helpful when it comes to tackling long-term running sessions. The overlay system is fused directly to the fabric, providing a secure fit while maintaining a lightweight frame.
  • The mid-sole unit of the Brooks PureCadence 4 uses the BioMoGo DNA foam, which is created using biodegradable materials. It’s durable, though, so it stays efficient even after many uses. The foam mimics the contours of the underfoot, essentially providing contoured support to the wearer. The IDEAL HEEL design reduces pressure during the striking phase of the gait cycle.
  • The big toe of the sole unit has been separated from the rest, which gives the runner more capability to flex their feet and gain balance naturally. The toe-off becomes more enabled, as well, because the platform is also very flexible. Durable rubber covers the contact points of the sole unit, protecting them from abrasion.

The Brooks PureCadence 4 has a standard running shoe length. It comes in sizes that adhere to the regular measurements for men and women. The available width is medium, so it is able to accommodate those with medium sized feet. Its semi-curved shape follows the natural curve of the human foot, thus allowing the runner to acclimate well to it when wearing it.

Durable rubber covers the sections of the sole unit that serve as contact points to the ground. It protects them from the potentially harmful effects of continued use and surface friction. It also provides reliable traction for better surface control.

Flex grooves allow the runner to be more flexible. These flex grooves can also be found in the outsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19.  The toe-off benefits from this outsole the most because it is where the foot bends the most.

The TOE FLEX sole unit uses an isolated big toe area, which encourages natural foot stability, as well as efficiency during the toe off.

The mid-sole unit uses the BioMoGo DNA, which is also found in the latest PureCadence 7, is the compaction of two technologies that work to provide comfort, protection and support to the foot. It is made from biodegradable materials, which is great for the environment-conscious runners. It follows the shape of the wearer’s underfoot, providing it with contoured support that lasts.

The IDEAL HEEL design uses an inverted heel construction, which reduces stress and pressure during the foot strike. It essentially makes the landings less taxing to the foot.

Breathable mesh makes up the main cover system of the Brooks PureCadence 4. It’s comfortable and secure. Its open construction allows the foot to feel the air as it enters the interior to keep it cool and dry.

A glove-like feel can be appreciated due to its seamless construction, and it enables the wearer to use this shoe even without donning socks.

The NAV BAND is an elastic unit placed in the mid-foot area. It keeps the foot in place by wrapping around it in a snug manner. It also lifts the upper fabric in order to include the arch when it secures the foot.

The overlays are fused directly to the upper fabric. It doesn’t add any weight or limit the natural movement of the runner.

Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.